Last night, Joe and I went to a friend’s birthday party in Belltown at Shorty’s, sans pups. (Yes, we do leave the house without the dogs, on occasion…) Anyway, come to find out Shorty’s is in fact dog-friendly. I shared this on the Dog Gone Seattle Facebook page with a note that we’d be back with a camera and the dogs to do a review. Well, I lied. We probably won’t be back to Shorty’s for some time, so let’s just pretend we went with the dogs and I’ll tell you what I thought.
Okay, can we talk about the clowns? They are scary. And they are everywhere. NOT A FAN.
So, enjoy your beer with these little fellows staring at you.
The appeal of Shorty’s is the pinball. People apparently come from far and wide to play pinball at Shorty’s. I swear to Dog, I even overheard a couple (down from Everett) talking about how they were going to have their honeymoon at a pinball tournament in Vegas. To each their own. But I digress…
So if you like Pinball (or Buck Hunter, Golden Tee, PacMan, etc.) this is your place. Other “appeals”: Very cheap hipster beer, stiff drinks, and hot dogs. I don’t really consider hot dogs that have been heating all day a highlight, but that’s just me.
Anyway, Joe had a good time with the Golden Tee, and I entertained myself with Nakey Photo Hunt for about 20 minutes. But that’s my limit of finding the differences between bra straps and undies on a computer screen. After that I kinda just people watched.
Oh, the people. The crowd is
weird grungy eclectic. A bunch of dudes (and a few dudettes) drinking Hamms. A bit smelly, though that could have been the nacho cheese sauce. Go outside to get a breath of fresh air and you will be accosted by pushy pan handlers. (I used to live in Belltown. Can you tell I don’t miss it?)
Summary… Shorty’s is not my favorite bar. Can you bring your dogs there? Absolutely. Would I bring my dogs there? Probably not. It just doesn’t seem like the kind of place to hang out with your dogs, (or the kind of place I like to hang out period, but that’s just me.) Plus, with so many other dog friendly establishments in Seattle, I would just choose to go elsewhere.
Based on Yelp, a lot of people really love Shorty’s, and I’m sure some of you will feel differently about this place. It obviously has a strong following. If you go with your dog, please share your experience. I would be curious to hear how it went!
2222 2nd Ave, Seattle
Official Dog Policy: Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome*
*Check with the bartender
Dog Gone Rating: I won’t give a DogGone Rating since I didn’t go with the pups, but I will say…
- Gamer heaven – tons of arcade games
- Cheap drinks? Hipster Beer? Hot dogs?
- Evil scary clowns everywhere, OMG no thank you!
- Just feels grimy
- Limited parking in Belltown